Although civilization of the Mayans has declined and they’ve been conquered, in many parts of Mexico and Guatemala the Mayan language and culture remains.
Actually, about 7 million Maya are still living on the Yucatan Peninsula.
Some linguists consider that the word "shark" was originally a word of the Mayans.
The pre-Columbian Mayans often try to "improve" the physical features of their children. Mothers would press boards on the foreheads of their kids in order to make them flatter (foremost in the upper classes.)
Objects were also often hung down in front of a baby's eyes until the baby became cross eyed, which was desirable trait of nobility.